Tulane Alumni Association




Distinguished Alumnus/a Award 1997


Robert L. Livingston

The Honroable Robert Linlithgow Livingston Jr. has represented the First Congressional District of Louisiana in the U. S. House of Representatives since 1977, when he became the first Republican to hold the office in 102 years. Livingston has been re-elected to 11 successive two-year terms.

Livingston serves as chair of one of the most powerful committees in the U. S. House, the Appopriations Committee. He was first elected to this position by his Congressional colleagues in 1994. The House Appropriations Committee has jurisdiction over all discretionary expenditures of the federal government.

Livingston is also a member of House Committees on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs, and National Security.

During his distinguished career in Congress, Livingston has received the Watchdog of the Treasury Award from the National Associated Businessmen, the Guardian of Small Business award, the Jefferson Award from Citizens for a Sound Economy, the Leadership Award from the Coalition for Peace Through Strength, and the 1995 Distinguished Public Servant Award from the American Legion.

Before being elected to Congress, Livingston practiced law in both public and private fields. As assistant U.S. attorney from 1970-73, he served as deputy chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office. In the 1974-75, he was chief special prosecutor and chief of the Armed Robbery Division for the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office; and, in 1974-75, he served as chief prosecutor for the Organized Crim Unit of the Louisiana Attorney General's Office.

After entering Tulane's College of Arts and Sciences in 1960 and joining the Delta Kapp Epsilon fraternity, Livingston interrupted his college education to enlist for active duty with the U.S. Navy from 1961-63. He returned to Tulane and earned a bachelor of arts in economics in 1967 and a juris doctorate from Tulane Law School in 1968. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1967. Livingston is also a graduate of the Loyola University Institute of Politics. In 1990, he received an honorary Order of the Coif from Tulane Law School; and, in 1981, and honorary doctorate of law from Our Lady of the Holy Cross College in New Orleans.

Livingston and his wife, the former Bonnie Robichaux of Raceland, La., have four children-three sons, Robert (A&S '88), Richard and David, and one daughter, Suzie.

A loyal and devoted alumnus to Tulane, Livingston has been a member of the Business School Council, the Alumni Affairs Committee and the Law School Honorary Buildilng Committee. In 1995, he was Tulane College's Comencement speaker. Congressman and Mrs. Livingston have been dedicated Tulane parents, serving on the Parents Council while their son Robert L. Livingston III attended the College of Arts and Sciences, now Tulane College.

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